TN v Rajasthan, Ranji Trophy final, Chennai, 2nd day January 20, 2012

Saxena double ton drives patient Rajasthan

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Rajasthan 404 for 2 (Saxena 207*, Kanitkar 67) v Tamil Nadu
Scorecard

Vineet Saxena remained unconquered for the second successive day as he notched his career-best score and became the 21st batsman to score a double-century in a Ranji Trophy final, breaking the drought after fourteen years. The last man to accomplish such a feat was Rahul Dravid, playing for Karnataka in 1997-98 season against Uttar Pradesh. Saxena's marathon 12-hour effort helped Rajasthan to take a commanding position from where they can now dictate the outcome in the remaining three days.

Considering that the run rate hovered around the two-per-over mark, critics are likely to question Rajasthan's conservative approach on what has been an unthreatening pitch, which has remained a flat baking bed in the Chennai heat.

Saxena silenced the opposition with his patience. His presence became more significant as the day progressed after Rajasthan had endured a tough morning session, when only 51 runs came in 36 overs for the loss of one wicket. Saxena lost his overnight partner Aakash Chopra, who paid the price for his defensiveness in the morning. Chopra began the day 14 short of his century, but struggled to catch a rhythm, managing only eight runs from 34 deliveries before losing his wicket.

Only 15 runs were scored after the first hour, with the first boundary arriving after 63 deliveries. Probably that fact was weighing on Chopra's mind when he reacted, a bit slowly, to a straighter delivery from the left-arm spinner Aushik Srinivas. The ball pitched on off and middle stump and rushed to catch Chopra plumb in front of the wicket. Finally after 105 overs, Tamil Nadu had their first wicket.

The stagnating run rate, along with the suffocating fields, only increased the pressure on the batsmen. Hrishikesh Kanitkar, the new man, was beaten off successive deliveries by Srinivas half an hour before lunch: the first ball turned into his pads and hit him in line with the stump but the big stride forward saved the Rajasthan captain. Srinivas turned the next ball away with his arm and missed the outside edge marginally.

Both Saxena and Kanitkar returned more positive post lunch. Kanitkar cut Yo Mahesh in front of square and then swept Srinivas when he persisted by attacking his leg stump. Saxena, who had been completely subdued for the entire morning session, pushed a firm drive, against the offspinner Sunny Gupta, through the thick off-side field to get to 150 and pass his previous first-class best of 143.

Saxena brought up the first six of the match, over long-on, by giving Gupta the charge. Understandably anxious, Saxena spent a little while before getting to his double-century: trying to push a fuller delivery from Yo Mahesh to third man, the bottom edge travelled past the gully for a four. It was an incredible achievement in the art of grafting.

Saxena could only thank the opposition bowlers for making life easy for him. The pitch, no doubt, was of little assistance but L Balaji had encountered many such surfaces in the past. Balaji, the Tamil Nadu captain and the bowling leader, had to use his cutters to make an impact. Sadly for the hosts, Balaji was wayward, as was the pair of Yo Mahesh and Kaushik, who offered more width when the need was to be accurate.

Not that the slow bowlers did any better. In fact, it was a true test of patience for the 18-year-old Srinivas, who bowled the most number of overs in an innings in his three-year career. Unlike on Thursday, when he was darting the ball, today Srinivas offered more flight and also got the ball to jump from the widening cracks and the rough.

But the absence of a plan, as well as an attacking field hurt the spinners. A good example was when Srinivas changed ends to make use of the rough outside Saxena's leg stump at the Pavilion end. However, his first mistake was to pitch marginally outside the leg stump when a better line would have been to stick to middle and leg. Balaji then failed to crowd the batsman with a short leg and a leg slip to support his bowler's lines. It only allowed Saxena to breathe easy.

Earlier, Gupta, who had failed to get any sort of grip on the batsmen, had moved the slip to leg slip against Saxena. But instead of bowling on the middle stump, he pitched on the rough outside the leg stump, making it easier for the batsmen to play the sweep. The Tamil Nadu bowlers were clearly lost between trying to attack and squeezing the run rate.

There was a cry of relief from Gupta when, immediately after the tea break, he floated a loopy off break to Kanitkar, who lazily tried to play it away from the body. The edge was picked nicely by Dinesh Karthik, to log his 250th victim in first-class cricket. There was not much joy for the hosts for the second day running.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • hnlns on January 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I think the best way to make the curator understand the plight of hapless bowlers is to make him bowl 85 overs on this pitch, like Aushik did or 20 overs of decent medium pace under the baking Chennai Sun. All the curators must have had some bowling experience in Ranji level at least, especially back-breaking variety, to appreciate the importance of preparing a genuinely good pitch with enough bounce and carry together with gradual wear and tear by end of day 3 or start of day 4. Instead of using the term "sportive track" which is rather abused term, curators must be curtly told that there should be enough assistance for pace bowlers on day 1 and 2 with natural wear and tear taking over from day 3 onwards to bring spinners into picture. Batsmen will thrive if the ball comes onto the bat at a decent height and pace which will make stroke making far more easier.

  • on January 21, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    The most important aspect of this final....i can't single out anyone from either teams to represent india should the Fab 3 retire after Aus series...on top of it looking at the pitch the final is played with the pitches in Australia....our domestic setup is such a diluted one and no-one taking ownership

  • on January 21, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    rajasthan top in india on criket

  • on January 21, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    What's the point of saxena scoring a double hundred on a flat pitch.even aakash chopra said it was a flat pitch. This way we will never be able to compete abroad

  • on January 21, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    even in this pitch TN cant bat one day,dunno how they came to final!they intentionally did like this ,so that match ll go till 5days! bcci should make neutral venues,or preppare PITCH LIKE MYSORE GANGOTHRI GLADES!

  • on January 21, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    No reason to blame rajasthan they have done what was needed to win the match i think tamil nadu should be blamed for preparing such a pitch

  • Publickakaptan on January 21, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Good Going Rajasthan....Now u have caught bull by horns...don't leave till you have trophy in hand.Rituraj Singh is great finds.Enjoyed his batting too.You have mentally drained TN players by batting three days.Congrats for your winning Ranji Trophy twice in a row.No team has done this feat in recent years.

  • Hrit24 on January 21, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Rajasthan is playing very well

  • Constellatus on January 21, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Rajasthan is playing such boring cricket, banking on 1st innings lead even on a 5 day game. Such poor mindset. Suggestion to Mr. Akash Chopra: Just commenting about improving indian domestic cricket is not good enuf mate, practice what you preach!!!

  • gracegift on January 21, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    The best pitch for a Ranji final in recent memory was the pitch in Mysore (Gangotri Glades), Karnataka v Mumbai. The stadium was buzzing, the pitch was sporting and the setting was worthy of a final. The match was an extremely close one too. BCCI should be pulling up these associations who make such dead pitches otherwise you will have these boys struggling to cope on better pitches at Test level.

  • hnlns on January 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I think the best way to make the curator understand the plight of hapless bowlers is to make him bowl 85 overs on this pitch, like Aushik did or 20 overs of decent medium pace under the baking Chennai Sun. All the curators must have had some bowling experience in Ranji level at least, especially back-breaking variety, to appreciate the importance of preparing a genuinely good pitch with enough bounce and carry together with gradual wear and tear by end of day 3 or start of day 4. Instead of using the term "sportive track" which is rather abused term, curators must be curtly told that there should be enough assistance for pace bowlers on day 1 and 2 with natural wear and tear taking over from day 3 onwards to bring spinners into picture. Batsmen will thrive if the ball comes onto the bat at a decent height and pace which will make stroke making far more easier.

  • on January 21, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    The most important aspect of this final....i can't single out anyone from either teams to represent india should the Fab 3 retire after Aus series...on top of it looking at the pitch the final is played with the pitches in Australia....our domestic setup is such a diluted one and no-one taking ownership

  • on January 21, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    rajasthan top in india on criket

  • on January 21, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    What's the point of saxena scoring a double hundred on a flat pitch.even aakash chopra said it was a flat pitch. This way we will never be able to compete abroad

  • on January 21, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    even in this pitch TN cant bat one day,dunno how they came to final!they intentionally did like this ,so that match ll go till 5days! bcci should make neutral venues,or preppare PITCH LIKE MYSORE GANGOTHRI GLADES!

  • on January 21, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    No reason to blame rajasthan they have done what was needed to win the match i think tamil nadu should be blamed for preparing such a pitch

  • Publickakaptan on January 21, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Good Going Rajasthan....Now u have caught bull by horns...don't leave till you have trophy in hand.Rituraj Singh is great finds.Enjoyed his batting too.You have mentally drained TN players by batting three days.Congrats for your winning Ranji Trophy twice in a row.No team has done this feat in recent years.

  • Hrit24 on January 21, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Rajasthan is playing very well

  • Constellatus on January 21, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Rajasthan is playing such boring cricket, banking on 1st innings lead even on a 5 day game. Such poor mindset. Suggestion to Mr. Akash Chopra: Just commenting about improving indian domestic cricket is not good enuf mate, practice what you preach!!!

  • gracegift on January 21, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    The best pitch for a Ranji final in recent memory was the pitch in Mysore (Gangotri Glades), Karnataka v Mumbai. The stadium was buzzing, the pitch was sporting and the setting was worthy of a final. The match was an extremely close one too. BCCI should be pulling up these associations who make such dead pitches otherwise you will have these boys struggling to cope on better pitches at Test level.

  • Naresh28 on January 21, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Lifeless pitches are destroying bowlers in India but good batsman come thru. Also local batsman are never tested with high bounce and swing. Why can't BCCI do something about this - really one would not call this a game of cricket. The state of Indian is pathetic today. We cannot tour well and are called FLAT TRACK BULLIES by others.

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Chepauk pitch is being redied for Sehwag,Dravid,Tendulkar and Laxman to show their mettle and score magnificient hundreds, two Hundreds, 100th Hundred and so on against New Zealand, Sri Lanka. Hail BCCI and the Indian team the unconquarable heroes at their backyard :( No offence meant to the Rajasthan Boys. they have done wonderfully in spite of the underdog tag always . wish them goodluck.

  • Rajeshj on January 21, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    I think Rajasthan should be penalized for this slow run rate and killing the contest... the match should be abandoned and a new final should be played on a more livelier pitch... Rajasthan appear to be a lot cleverer... but I think its killing the essence of sportsmanship and should be strongly condemned...

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    not intersting ranji trophy final i am feel very bad for tamilnadu bowler also not a talent batting from rajsthan scoring run rate is oly two know one watch the match it is waste of time

  • felzzz on January 21, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Saxena..did u watch the innings of a man called Dave warner last week? National team fails..even domestic matches are losing its class cos of such boring batting.. totally losing interest on Indian cricket

  • on January 21, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Rajastan have come out with a plan of using the pitch fr the first 3 days and giving Tamilnadu 4th and 5th day pitch wer they ll feel the pressure of handling the spin in a deteriorated pitch. But what are they gonna achieve by wining the cup while the entire nation criticizing them. They are not playing positive and i am sure they ll regret their move once TN are sent into bat. If they have one good partnership, thats it. TN on any means will have a better run rate than Rajastan. And now if Rajastan lose this match from here, dont even think that they would have impressed a single selector with their attitude. I dont think even if they win they will impress any. As an Indian fan I am really ashamed to say that this is a final of a Ranji trophy.

  • hnlns on January 21, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Looks like Aushik Srinivas will complete a rare dubious feat of bowling 100 overs in this match. He may perhaps take permanent retirement from bowling after that. Poor guy suffering because TNCA's negative attitude backfired on them badly thus far.

  • dilscoop on January 21, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    How much worse can the chepauk pitch get - was one of the best test wickets in the country for years - has produced some nail biting tests in the past including a tied test - has now become the laughing stock. When the Indian team is struggling against bounce, seam & swing in foreign conditions such wickets will only spell a death knell to indian test cricket. A primier domestic final & you have 2 wickets falling in 2 days - it is a farce. Cheapuk wicket always had something for pace bowlers through out with its bounce - batsman can play their shots as the bounce favoured the ball coming on to the bat & the spinners would get purchase from day 3 where the bounce would produce lot of close catching - was such a sporting track - but has fallen from grace the last couple of years - more so after relaying the pitch last year with black soil instead of the red soil - Will Mr. Srinivasan do something about it or will he conitnue to be in the dream world stating India can still beat anyone.

  • on January 21, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Chennai's most wanted man, the curator - if he serves TN govt, then all roads can be be made solid flat & everyone can enjoy, unfortunately he is not...and only 4 people from RAJ enjoyed in 2 days! :(

  • Tamizhan88 on January 20, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Patience Is the Ultimate VIRTUE... And Mr.Srinivasan Sir is Trying to Grow that Long lost Virtue to the Money Frivolous Breed of Youngsters who Breed in T20..

  • AvidCricFan on January 20, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Whats the point in this final when Rajasthan has batted at snails pace on flat pitches? It doesn't do any good to any one.

  • Ajayvs on January 20, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    I don't know why we even need this farce. All the more amusing is it is happening in BCCI head honchos own backyard. Let's not complain or castigate individual players when we fail abroad. How do you even expect players to succeed after playing on farce pitches like these? Having independent curators prepare pictures from quarter finals and above is the least BCCI can do. Please wake up in-competent BCCI fools.

  • Ajayvs on January 20, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    I don't know why we even need this farce. All the more amusing is it is happening in BCCI head honchos own backyard. Let's not complain or castigate individual players when we fail abroad. How do you even expect players to succeed after playing on farce pitches like these? Having independent curators prepare pictures from quarter finals and above is the least BCCI can do. Please wake up in-competent BCCI fools.

  • DingDong420 on January 20, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    what a farce, this first innings highest scorer is BAD for the gamw. What absolute rubbish for a final

  • ivorycinnamon on January 20, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Two wickets in two days and a run rate a shade over two! From a spectator point of view this must be about as exciting as watching paint dry! The curators of Indian cricket grounds need to get into serious consultation and decide whether pitches like this are really taking the game forward, or are hindering our young cricketers especially in preparing these cricketers for contests abroad.

  • Aaravmurali on January 20, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Why can't they make lively pitches in India, so that we can get result out of every test match?

  • on January 20, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    The BCCI is itself responsible for such kind of Final. When you have 5days on such slow tracks in Finals with the teams well aware of the fact that the 1st innings lead can be used for winning the game. Why is any team going to play aggressive cricket and aim for and outright win. At least in finals when we play when we play 5 instead of 4 days, there should be an alternative to this method of winning. TN has bowled without any plan, they seem to be waiting for Rajasthan batsman to make mistakes which is very similar to how india bowled in the 2nd Test at the SCG. Until the players at the domestic level start to understand the importance of winning 4/5 day games we cannot have a Strong Test Team backup.

  • Babloo3544 on January 20, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    No wonder India is a loser away from home !!! This guy who scores a double won't last 5 balls before an under 19 bowler outside the subcontinent. Pathetic!

  • on January 20, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    wow... what a pitch.. curator needs an applause.... @curator... respected sir,... will there be any assistance for the bowlers by the 20th day?... sincerely disappointed indian cricket fan...

  • santhoshwiz on January 20, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Chennai used to be one of the best pitches in India but it has been a flat deck off late. The Ind-SA test match which saw Sehwag score a triple hundred n Amla scoring 160 odd was also in this pitch and from what I remember, the curator got a lot of stick for it. But I really really hope this pitch becomes a dust bowl by lunch on day 4.

  • on January 20, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Rajasthan playing for I innings lead? god save Indian cricket, with this kind of attitude and technique India is never going to make a mark in overseas matches. I wish Rajasthan loose this match because of their approach.

  • anexpat on January 20, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Two days and 400 runs for two wickets!! What an advertisement for Indian domestic cricket!!. No wonder we are putting such a disasterous display out side India. Dead flat pitches and mediocre bats men scoring double, triple centuries and fast bowlers ( if we can call them fast bowlers!) breaking their backs on unresponsible wickets.

  • Sakthiivel on January 20, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Not a spirited performance by Rajasthan as going just 2 per over. Only looking to take 1 st inning league. they should have went all attack to crumble TN.

  • on January 20, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    This Ranji Trophy is becoming a farce. The first innings lead rule should be abolished, and teams should be given points only in case they win the game. in case of the final, both teams should be declared losers if the the first 2 innings of the match have not been completed at the end of the game.

  • on January 20, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Lets see, Venkat Sundaram (BCCI Curator) approved this pitch? We need to look elsewhere for a curator to begin with. And how many years are we going to continue such horrible games? Rajasthan is playing a waiting game. Waiting for the pitch to crack. They will bat till tea on day 3 and then declare at some ridiculous 700 for 4 score, leaving TN to climb the Mt. Everest. Not that no one has never been there not done that, but a game like this, is a horrible advertisement for Test cricket.

  • Deadly_Dude on January 20, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    What can one say ... the less said the better ... 226 runs for no wicket on Day 1, 178 runs for 2 wickets on Day 2 ... why can't we prepare sporting wickets in India? No wonder Indian batsmen struggle on true pitches abroad ...

  • PrabakarKP on January 20, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @ckaushik - In case of one team not completing their innings, the run-rate comes into play. At this rate, Rajasthan has to get TN all out to get the trophy, no way a team like TN with Vijay, Karthik, Badri and Mukund will score at sub-2.5 levels if let to bat for 2 days.

  • SistlaSrikkanth on January 20, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    I would suggest that we should look for the 6-day ( 1 day extra) just in case the match does not yield a result. Like the way we had done for ICC Test in Australia, for Semi-Final and Final and go for a neutral ground, thus knocking the home team advantage.

  • TRAM on January 20, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Rules should be changed so that low run rate is punished. Say, Rule 1: Each maiden over would cost the batting team 5 runs deducted from their total. OR better, make it Rule 2: Every 6 dot balls would reduce 2 runs from the total. OR even more interesting would be Rule 3: A maiden over means the facing batsman is out (similar to baseball). Seriously, if the game is interesting to play and watch, more and more countries should start playing that game, right?

  • RAJAKUMAR11 on January 20, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    wow wht a test match , if the same player plays this innings in aboard then it is to be appreciated. ONE KIND ADVICE TO THE BCCI: PLEASE PLAY THE RANJI TROPY IN ALL THE COUNTRIES YEAR BY YEAR INCLUDING INDIA THEN ONLY THIS OVERSEAS PROBLEM WILL BE SOLVED. PLZ PAY ATTENTION TO IT

  • on January 20, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    I really don't know what purpose this final is going to solve. I can understand when Rajasthan is playing a very safe game. They want to win back to back and they want to ensure they are keeping the trophy with them. Makes me remember the old game where Jayasuriya scored 340 and Mahanama a double ton.

    BCCI reallly don't seem to have any kind of desire to improve the bench strength of our team. All they really care about is IPL and money. Its high time the IPL gets some kind of kick in the back and all these businessmen in BCCI are brought back to earth and start respecting the game.

    I really wanted to go and watch the game tomorrow and day after but thanks to this drab pitch and a laid back approach the game is killed.

  • Longmemory on January 20, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    The final of the premier domestic championship - and what a farce we have! 2 days gone, 2 wickets have fallen, and the scoring rate is a shade over 2 runs per over. And then we wonder why our team is getting clobbered in Australia ?!

  • Raj12345 on January 20, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Rajasthan killing local cricket taste. We should setup perfect bowling pitch wherever they go and throw out of context neat year and send them into other lower level group. This is not all about winning cup, creating spirit is matters.

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    well done rajasthan and keep it up

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    What purpose does such a final has other than allowing the batsman to score on a flat pitch which is dead from the first day.The BCCI should at least wake up after the England and Australian fiasco and instruct the curators to prepare pitches which are competitive and has something for everyone ,The batsmen,fast bowlers and spinners,like the one that was prepared at Gangothri Glades in Mysore 2 years back where the final between Karnataka and Mumbai went to the wire.If the same thing goes on we will not be able to win a test leave alone a series outside the Subcontinent .

  • A.Ak on January 20, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    No wonder our Ranji trophy is not as exciting as English County cricket. Unworthy of a final.

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    rajasthan will surely win this battle it will be for the second time hu hu hu

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Yes - Ckaushik! Although a small possibility Rajasthan with their slow run rates are bringing that possibility into the equation.

  • Publickakaptan on January 20, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Rajasthan is thinking pitch wil deteriorate & become more slow and low by 3rd day and will help their bowlers on 4th and 5th day.Thats why they are batting slow.The match will be decided on run rate.Rajasthan should get atleast 3 per over.After lunch they should try to increase the run rate.The pitch will remain same all days.In last Q/F match at Chennai,the openers of Maharastra scored century on 4th day.TN Cricket Association knowly used the same black soil pitch for match bcos it won't change all 5 days.So TN will be not be at disadvantage batting second or at any time.Most batsmen will be out by LBW decision.May be Abinav Mukund will score double ton like Saxena.I think by end of 4th day we will know winner.Still I bet on Rajasthan bcos pressure of batting second,finals and maintaining the run rate will take toll of TN.Stroke making is difficult on this pitch.

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Great going then we wonder how these batsmen freeze like a deer in headlights when they see a little green....

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    this is it this is why what happened in eng and aus bcci calls a metting to get sporting pitches for IPL a day or two before ranji final in same city and we get a dead lifeless ptich for ranji final a disgrace of indian cricket

  • on January 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Who wins the trophy if TN do not complete their first innings?

  • pratikjpr on January 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    yes, 1st innings lead will come into play only if both sides have completed their first innings, if not then run rate would be used.

  • chaksiipm on January 20, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    it is 1 of the most boring batting performance showed by rajas than, really pathetic, in this frame of mind u can draw the test match, u cant win the match, saxena you should learn to mk proper utilization of resources instead of wasting .

  • on January 20, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    These type of matches / pitches are sure enough to kill whatever little interest left over in domestic tournaments like Ranji trophy. The curator of the pitch has lot to answer to TNCA and BCCI.

  • ckaushik on January 20, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Winning by 1st innings lead will come into play only when both the teams have completed thier innings right?

  • cricsuhail on January 20, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Another ridiculous Ranji final. The first innings lead clause has killed the basic notion of 'test' cricket!. No wonder we have no great talent on our bench that can do well consistently in or out of india.

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  • cricsuhail on January 20, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Another ridiculous Ranji final. The first innings lead clause has killed the basic notion of 'test' cricket!. No wonder we have no great talent on our bench that can do well consistently in or out of india.

  • ckaushik on January 20, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Winning by 1st innings lead will come into play only when both the teams have completed thier innings right?

  • on January 20, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    These type of matches / pitches are sure enough to kill whatever little interest left over in domestic tournaments like Ranji trophy. The curator of the pitch has lot to answer to TNCA and BCCI.

  • chaksiipm on January 20, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    it is 1 of the most boring batting performance showed by rajas than, really pathetic, in this frame of mind u can draw the test match, u cant win the match, saxena you should learn to mk proper utilization of resources instead of wasting .

  • pratikjpr on January 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    yes, 1st innings lead will come into play only if both sides have completed their first innings, if not then run rate would be used.

  • on January 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Who wins the trophy if TN do not complete their first innings?

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    this is it this is why what happened in eng and aus bcci calls a metting to get sporting pitches for IPL a day or two before ranji final in same city and we get a dead lifeless ptich for ranji final a disgrace of indian cricket

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Great going then we wonder how these batsmen freeze like a deer in headlights when they see a little green....

  • Publickakaptan on January 20, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Rajasthan is thinking pitch wil deteriorate & become more slow and low by 3rd day and will help their bowlers on 4th and 5th day.Thats why they are batting slow.The match will be decided on run rate.Rajasthan should get atleast 3 per over.After lunch they should try to increase the run rate.The pitch will remain same all days.In last Q/F match at Chennai,the openers of Maharastra scored century on 4th day.TN Cricket Association knowly used the same black soil pitch for match bcos it won't change all 5 days.So TN will be not be at disadvantage batting second or at any time.Most batsmen will be out by LBW decision.May be Abinav Mukund will score double ton like Saxena.I think by end of 4th day we will know winner.Still I bet on Rajasthan bcos pressure of batting second,finals and maintaining the run rate will take toll of TN.Stroke making is difficult on this pitch.

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Yes - Ckaushik! Although a small possibility Rajasthan with their slow run rates are bringing that possibility into the equation.